Category: Ronan Noone

Remembering Derek: Ronan Noone

March 18th, 2017 in Alums, Blog, Boston Playwrights' Theatre, Derek Walcott, Ronan Noone

I have a lot of great memories of Derek Walcott but the one abiding memory, the one that always returns, is when he pulled me aside one day after our first class together. He had just heard an early draft of a play I was writing and he asked if I would like to sit in on his poetry seminars too. I said, “Yes, of course.” But what it really meant to me was that this master had seen something in my work that required his attention; that this green behind ears newbie had the stuff to become a writer. It was the recognition that gave me the confidence to be the writer I am today.

The play I was working on that day was The Lepers of Baile Baiste. And below is a picture of myself and Derek and Ciaran Crawford on the opening night of that play in New York City three years after that first class. I am what I am because of Derek Walcott.


New York City, 2004: Ciaran Crawford, Ronan Noone, and Derek Walcott on opening night of The Lepers of Baile Baiste.

—Ronan Liam Noone

A master manipulator works all the angles in ‘The Atheist’

January 27th, 2017 in News & Press, Ronan Noone, The Atheist

Review from The Boston Globe

You can’t accuse Augustine Early, the bottom-feeding tabloid reporter in Ronan Noone’s “The Atheist,’’ of concealing her unscrupulous intentions. “My rules: Do whatever you have to do to get the story,’’ she proclaims.

Augustine certainly follows that amoral credo in an absorbingly spiky production of Noone’s 2006 solo play at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, directed and designed by the playwright himself.

Read full review…

Notes on why ‘The Atheist’ now

January 20th, 2017 in 2016/2017 Season, Alums, Blog, Ronan Noone, The Atheist

“So much for Objective Journalism. Don’t bother to look for it here—not under any byline of mine; or anyone else I can think of. With the possible exception of things like box scores, race results, and stock market tabulations, there is no such thing as Objective Journalism. The phrase itself is a pompous contradiction in terms.”

—Hunter S. Thompson

1 – It would be foolish to think that objectivity is still a foundation on which our media is built. It is not. A newspaper, a TV channel, a radio station, and a website—whether blatantly obvious or mildly subtle—is ultimately linked to a political party and/or a specific political ideology. If you associate that ideology with a personal belief that mirrors and outlines your own ethical slant, it is likely you will buy that paper and find solace, faith, and a linked community upon which your safety and anger act as both offense and defense against those whose beliefs are often the exact opposite. And for those whose beliefs are the opposite, they will read and agree with the paper and TV channel that sings to their choir. It seems there is little room for compromise these days, particularly as the news is repeated in a cyclical stream leaving the viewer riddled with anxiety and fearful of the other side.

2 – When I was growing up, the headline on the front page was usually a clever, reductive and self-satisfied bon mot that explained a story in a word, like “Gotcha,” which is how the Sun newspaper in Britain announced the sinking of an Argentinian ship during the Falklands war. It is that bawdy, xenophobic, nationalistic attitude and irreverent language that gave voice to Augustine Early. It is a familiar voice again. Back then it was the men, Rupert Murdoch and Robert Maxwell who published those papers. Today it is still men: Murdoch, Henry, Bezos, Karsh, Slim. (I would also count Peter Thiel in there too because he had the money to shut down a media group because of a sex tape.) More

Noone’s ‘The Second Girl’

September 9th, 2016 in Alums, Blog, Ronan Noone


Happy opening of The Second Girl to Ronan Noone and everyone at the Vineyard Playhouse!

Opening night x 2 for Noone

July 7th, 2016 in Alums, Blog, Brett Marks, new plays, Ronan Noone


Happy opening (this weekend) to Ronan Noone and the team of his play The Second Girl at the Contemporary American Theater Festival…


…and to Ronan and our friends at Happy Medium Theatre, who open Brendan next week!

Noone’s ‘The Compass Rose’

September 25th, 2015 in Alums, Blog, new plays, Ronan Noone


Happy opening night of The Compass Rose to Ronan Noone and Newton Nomadic Theater! The play runs at different locations in the Newton area through Oct. 25—read more about this truly unique project!

Noone’s ‘The Second Girl’ opens tonight

January 28th, 2015 in Alums, Blog, Huntington Theatre Company, new plays, Ronan Noone


Happy opening night to Ronan Noone and the cast and crew of his new play The Second Girl, which opens tonight at the BCA in a production by the Huntington Theatre Company. Break a leg, everyone!

Alumni news, in brief:

September 9th, 2014 in 2014/2015 Season, Blog, Deirdre Girard, Molly Smith Metzler, Monica Bauer, Reconsidering Hanna(h), Richard Snee, Ronan Noone, walt mcgough

Hannah_postcard_title_onlyIn case you missed it, here’s a terrific feature story about Reconsidering Hanna(h) playwright Deirdre Girard in The Boston Globe Fall Arts Preview…

Ronan Noone is a 2014-15 playwriting fellow at New Rep in Watertown, where his play Scenes From An Adultery will be produced next summer…

Walt McGough’s Chalk is included in the Lark Play Development Center’s Playwrights’ Week later this month…

Read Chosen Child playwright Monica Bauer’s interview on Indie Theater Now…

Molly Smith Metzler’s Elemeno Pea will be part of the season at the Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago…

Richard Snee will play Egeon/Luciana in Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s The Comedy of Errors, which opens their 2014-15 season later this month…

Alumni news, in brief:

April 24th, 2014 in Absence, Blog, Boston Theater Marathon, Elliot Norton Awards, Gregory Fletcher, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Peter Floyd, Ronan Noone, Steve Barkhimer, The Farm, walt mcgough, Windowmen

The Accident

The nominations for this year’s Elliot Norton Awards include nods to Steven Barkhimer (Windowmen) and Peter M. Floyd (Absence) in the Best New Script category. Windowmen is also nominated in the Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, and Outstanding Design categories; Alex Pollock is also nominated for his performance in Windowmen

Ronan Noone’s short film The Accident (based on his ten-minute play I Glue You and starring Mary McCann and Andrew Rothenberg, above) was an official selection for the Boston International Film Festival earlier this month, and is also an official selection for the Montclair Film Festival next month…

The Farm by Walt McGough is included in the Smith and Kraus anthology New Playwrights: The Best Plays of 2014

A very nice shout-out to Gregory Fletcher’s Roast Beef and the Rare Kiss, part of Artistic New Directions’ An Eclectic Evening of Shorts: Boxers & Briefs this month…

And…even as we prepare for this year’s BTM, the Community College of Rhode Island presents a bill of student-directed short plays this weekend — by Patrick Gabridge, Gary Garrison, Lisa Kenner Grissom, Terrence Kidd, K. Alexa Mavromatis, and Cassie M. Seinuk — from BTMs past…

Alumni news, in brief:

October 29th, 2013 in Alums, Blog, Deirdre Girard, K. Alexa Mavromatis, Lydia Diamond, Monica Bauer, new plays, New Repertory Theatre, Richard Snee, Ronan Noone, stick fly

Read about Richard Snee’s latest project — Kurt Vonnegut’s Make Up Your Mind — which opens at the Lyric this week…

Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly has settled in for a run (through Dec. 22) at Philadelphia’s Arden Theatre Company…

Monica Bauer’s My Occasion of Sin opens at Detroit Rep on Jan. 9…

Deirdre Girard is one of three Next Voices Fellows at New Rep this season. In the spring, her play Reconsidering Hanna(h) will receive a staged reading as part of the theatre’s Next Rep Festival…

Adventures in publishing: The Compass Rose by Ronan Noone has been published by Indie Theatre Now, and Jinxed by K. Alexa Mavromatis is available from Original Works Publishing…